Panic disorder

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What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.

Common symptoms reported by people with panic disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
355
Tried for
panic disorder (310) anxious mood (202)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
189
Tried for
panic disorder (172) anxious mood (91)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
184
Tried for
panic disorder (144) panic attacks (89)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
162
Tried for
depressed mood (129) panic disorder (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
depressed mood (111) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
depressed mood (117) panic disorder (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
anxious mood (75) panic attacks (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
anxious mood (55) depressed mood (30)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
pain (59) anxious mood (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
anxious mood (54) depressed mood (44)
2 more

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (155 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 43 more
Total evaluations
208
Tried for
panic disorder (309) anxious mood (201)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (81 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 24 more
Total evaluations
96
Tried for
panic disorder (172) anxious mood (91)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (70 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 32 more
Total evaluations
100
Tried for
panic disorder (144) panic attacks (89)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (74 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) suicidal thoughts or urges 61 more
Total evaluations
117
Tried for
depressed mood (129) panic disorder (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness decreased sex drive (libido) 39 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
depressed mood (111) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (76 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 49 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
depressed mood (117) panic disorder (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime sleepiness 9 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
anxious mood (75) panic attacks (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint dry mouth 18 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
anxious mood (55) depressed mood (30)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (41 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness balance problems 37 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
pain (59) anxious mood (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (53 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction insomnia 44 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
anxious mood (53) depressed mood (43)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has panic disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 75
20s 1,661
30s 4,219
40s 4,935
50s 3,996
60s 1,661
70+ 302
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,493
20-29 years 1,024
30-39 years 620
40-49 years 358
50-59 years 92
60-69 years 12
70+ years 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

73% Female
27% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,821
Not Diagnosed 2,096

These charts show data from panic disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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